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At the moment,the main tool-bar is on the middle of the screen and there is no space on the tool-bar click-able to get it back to the stretched position

thank you

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What toolbar are you talking about? – Alvin Row Oct 17 '10 at 20:58
attach the screenshot please – silent Oct 17 '10 at 21:04

To reset your gnome panels to "factory default" delete (or better move to have a backup) the settings folder

To delete enter a terminal an type rm -r ~/.gconf/apps/panel

If you log out and back in it should be ok again...

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If by the "main toolbar" you mean the top panel, try this: Alt-F2, then type gconf-editor in the textbox and execute that command (or run it from a terminal).

In the GConf editor navigate to /apps/panel/toplevels/top_panel_screen0 (where "/" indicates a level in the tree).

Under that you'll find a setting named "expand", and if you tick the checkbox next to it, the panel should be stretched to the whole width of the screen again.

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